Yemeni security official for US embassy killed in Sanaa

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The victim’s neighbor said in an interview with Reuters that Aqlan was leaving for work as men roared his name and shot him in the head and neck as he turned towards the noise.

Aqlan partook in the investigation regarding the attack on the U.S. embassy as furious protestors attacked the embassy over the anti-Islam film produced in the United States.

“We are aware of the reports of this tragic incident and our embassy in Sana’a is working with the Yemeni authorities,” said a spokeswoman for White House National Security Council, Bernadette Meehan, in Washington.

A senior State Department official said: “We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident involving a Yemeni employee of our embassy.”

There have been a number of killings and assassination attempts on security officials and politicians since Yemen’s army drove Islamist fighters out of several southern towns earlier this year, Reuters reported.

The U.S. is on alert towards the increasing power of al-Qaeda in Yemen.

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